Student news May 16

May 18, 2004

Theresa Becker, daughter of Donald and Elizabeth Becker of Smithsburg, was inducted recently into the Salisbury University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society for the study and practice of business, the only scholastic honor society recognized by the International Association of Management Education (AACSB).

Beta Gamma Sigma is open to M.B.A. students in the top 20 percent of the their class and undergraduate students majoring in accounting, business administration and management information systems who are in the top seven percent of their junior class or in the top 10 percent of their senior class.

Becker, a 2001 graduate of Smithsburg High School, is a junior majoring in accounting.

Jefferson High School's competition play 'Wings" was selected to represent West Virginia at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., June 21-26. The performance was adjudicated at the 2004 West Virginia Thespian Conference by three theater professionals.

This International Festival will be attended by more than 2,000 students from all over the world, and there will be plays performed by the students present. This is a huge honor for West Virginia and for Jefferson High School. The Thespian Troupe and their director, Mrs. Steve Glendening, are asking for assistance in raising the $12,000 needed to make this trip to Nebraska.


Anyone interested in helping with this project should send a contribution to Friends of Jefferson Theatre, Jefferson High School, 4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. 25442.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members at Jefferson High School had a very successful trip to Cedar Lakes for their annual State meeting. The students traveled with Berkeley Springs and James Rumsey chapters to the March activities.

Beth Brackett, chapter historian, entered the chapter scrapbook and received second place. Others entered the STAR Events and received first place and will go on to national competition at the National FCCLA Meeting in Chicago in July. They will be competing against other top winners from the United States.

Nikki Clark, Nikki Smith and Sabrina White will present the Jefferson Chapter's service project, "Giving a Reason to Smile," at the national competition. The chapter and students in the Family and Consumer Science classes at the school bought and donated eight boxes of items for local military units in Iraq at Christmas. Later, for Easter, the chapter once again sent items to the troops who are still in Iraq. Interest in this project was stimulated by our concern for Jo Ann Nicholson, a Jefferson High English teacher, who had been in Iraq for over a year.

Chrissy Mason competed in the Career Exploration event. She is interested in becoming an athletic trainer after graduation. She received a first place and a gold medal at the state level.

Jin Lin earned his medal and a place on the West Virginia Culinary Arts Team. Jin, along with two members from Putnam Career and Technical Center, will be working together to demonstrate their culinary skills and receive recognition for their work. This will be especially challenging since the team members are from different areas of the state but must show that they can plan and produce food products efficiently and creatively.

Lucas Pierce was elected as one of eight West Virginia State FCCLA officers. As a state officer, he will be a member of the team planning and conducting the state FCCLA activities. He will serve as the vice-president of STAR Events.

The three family and consumer science teachers at Jefferson High, Marlyn Bisher, Marsha McDaniel and Pam Wilmer, serve as the advisers to the Jefferson High Chapter. The organization involves 63 students in youth organizations associated with Family and Consumer Sciences. The chapter has worked on other community service projects such as baking cakes for all the local fire departments at Thanksgiving, writing letters to help St. Jude's Children Hospital, and working with Charles Town Rotary on some of their projects.

Several Hood College students recently attended the 15th annual legislative session of the Maryland Student Legislature in Annapolis. Katie Nash of Frederick; Danielle Hill of North Providence, R.I.; Sarah Cline of Boonsboro; Mary Beth Molin of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Brandi Humphries of Neubrucke, Germany; Sasha Miles of Lancaster, Pa.; Linda Cross of Owings Mills, Md.; Elise VanPool of Sparks, Nev.; and Chris England of Mt. Airy, Md., met with more than 100 students from 14 colleges and universities to debate federal and state legislation issues that were researched and written by college students from several Maryland schools.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch addressed the participants. Nash, governor of the Maryland Student Legislature, officiated at the Alumni vs. Student Debate, serving as moderator and choosing the legislation and the debate winner.

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